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Those Who Serve: Billy Teague

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Billy Teague honors military veterans with his Texoma's Heroes program. (KTEN) Billy Teague honors military veterans with his Texoma's Heroes program. (KTEN)
Billy Teague and his father both served their country. (KTEN) Billy Teague and his father both served their country. (KTEN)
The Texoma's Heroes recognizes military veterans for their service and sacrifice. (KTEN) The Texoma's Heroes recognizes military veterans for their service and sacrifice. (KTEN)

Billy Teague started a program called Texoma's Heroes. Now his concept is gaining traction nationwide.

Teague has spent his life recognizing military veterans.

"I've lived it, and now it's my turn... and a lot of our turns... to give back," he said.

For many, the Stars and Stripes are a symbol of freedom, but Teague uses the American flag to honor those who gave us that freedom.

"Let's all realize that the flag and those who served in the past and those serving today are and forever interlinked," he explained.

Teague founded both the Texoma Heroes program and the Veteran Flag program, both aimed at recognizing veterans for their service.

"We need to cling together, and I'm hoping by doing the Texoma's Heroes and the terminally ill programs that it can show our compassion for each other,"he said.

Military runs in Teague's family; he served in the Marines and the Army; his father served in Vietnam.

"My dad and I started honoring veterans in 2009 together, two years before he died," Teague said. "Every time I salute a flag... every time I tell a veteran 'Thank you for your service,' I feel my dad just right there next to me, cheering me on. So it's a way to keep his memory alive, and keep his legacy going."

Teague salutes veterans all across North Texas, from Bonham to McKinney.

Texoma Heroes recently honored Maj. Robert Schwalls.

"It's just so special to have recognition, and to know that other people respect our military and veterans and the lifetime achievements that they give to the county," said Schwalls' daughter Karen Farrell.

Now Teague's programs are expanding to the East and West coasts.

"Hopefully this thing will spread all over the United States, and our veterans will benefit," he said.

Beyond the medals and certificates, Teague aims to keep serving our country's veterans with a salute and a smile.

"There are veterans who have done thousands of times more than I did in the military, but if I had done thousands of times more than them, I would still want to serve them," he said.

You can nominate someone for KTEN's Those Who Serve series by sending us an e-mail with information about the candidate.

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